World Premier of the New JATO Athletics Be an Athlete Commercial by SportsStudio

Friday, March 20, 2015

Who will host the 2026 FIFA World Cup

FIFA's executive committee announced Friday that it will decide the host of the 2026 World Cup -- the next tournament for which the USA is eligible to bid to host -- in 2017. FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke has promised transparency “from the first minute of the process" after the scandal-ridden 2018 and 2022 bid processes, but it remains to be seen just what the rules will be -- most critically, who can or can't bid.

FIFA's executive committee will vote at its next meeting on the rules for the bidding process.

Snowed in at ECNL Texas

Record snowfall in Fort Worth, Texas put the breaks on the first ECNL National event of 2015.  Teams took the field for the first 2 times slots and then the fields were blanked with snow within 3 hours.  The weather service forecasted only a dusting with possible accumulation of an inch or 2 but over the next 48 hours some areas got over 8 inches of snow and then ice topped it all off the following day.  See which teams did get a chance to play.... #ECNLTX SnowDay

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

FIFA News and Notes

What is on the agenda for the FIFA executive meeting...
 - Selecting the host for the 2019 Women's World Cup
 - Choosing dates for the 2022 Men's World Cup
 - Outlining the bidding process for the 2026 Men's World Cup

USA Women efficient in Portugal

The rematch of the match that left the United States Women's National team wondering who they were following their 2-0 loss to France last month has played out very well for the US Women today. Both teams playing a bit differently with the USA opening things up int he midfield and the French playing a bit more compact.... advantage, USA.

Throughout the first half of play, the US have not had to defend as much space, they have been successful going 2v2 with the FFF center backs, and they have won the aerial battle which have given the USA a 2-0 halftime lead.

USA, center back Julie Johnston in her 8th start for the national team gets her first international goal in the 7th minute from the foot of Lauren Holiday off a restart whipped into the top of the 6.   Johnson is playing like a veteran and just may earn that starting role at center back once the World Cup gets here in 87 days.

Veteran, captain Christie Rampone has been out with injuries.

Christen Press adds to the USA lead at the end of the first half with an incredible dynamic run out of the midfield beating 3 French opponents and then calmly slotting the ball into the bottom corner of the net.  The work of Alex Morgan and Amy Rodriguez up top have created the space for Press to exploit which leaves the French down 2 goals.

Head coach Jill Ellis, may have found her back line as Megan Klingenberg and Ali Krieger have been solid dealing with the dynamic French attackers.  Both with high soccer intelligence, they are athletic, and physical.  Becky Sauerbrunn and of course, Johnston have been the anchor in the heart of the line.

Don't forget the return of goalkeeper, Hope Solo, who was not in goal for the USA when they dropped their foist match of 2015 to France.  Solo has had an impressive return making the saves she is suppose to make, keeping her team in each match.  The confidence of the team in front of her is at a high due to her demanding presence.

The French could never gain the rhythm they had back in February; they had to cover a lot of area today and credit Lauren Holiday and Morgan Brian for their efficiency on both sides of the ball in the center of midfield, making it very difficult for France to gain any type of significant possession.

Despite Marie Laure Delie earning a penalty on an unnecessary foul in the box by Klingenberg to cut the USA lead in half, Solo was up to the task, stoning Amandine Henry on her attempt on the PK.

France entered the match beating the world's best teams in the United States, Brazil, Germany, and Japan but not today, the USA are champions for the 10th time in Portugal at the Algarve Cup with their 2-0 win over France.  The #2 (USA) and #3 (FFF) teams in the world squared off and the US is now 15-1-2 all-time against France.

Here is how the USA got to the Final... CLICK HERE
Julie Johnson Goal 7' (1st International Goal)... CLICK HERE
Christen Press Goal 41'... CLICK HERE

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

US Soccer Star Megan Rapinoe takes center stage in Canada this summer

Last year US Women's Soccer star Megan Rapinoe graced the Dallas/Fort Worth area with her presence.  This year she is preparing to win a third FIFA Women's World Cup for the United States and next year we hope she will return to the DFW metroplex.  Here is a teaser from her presence in 2014.

Youth Soccer Insider: High School Soccer is taking off

The National Elite Prep Showcase brings together the top high school girls soccer programs from around the country. It is a true college showcase for high school soccer. This is where the best come to play. The battle for #1 starts here. Olympians, National team, college and World Cup superstars, National and State champions have all competed in this event that is in its 14th year. Fort Worth is the home to the nation’s top high school girls soccer showcase in January and see it all right here in this highlight video presented by JATO Media.

CLICK HERE for 2015 Event

Women's soccer continues to grow

The mission of JATO Athletics is to advance athletics.  JATO Media and JATO World continue to help connect the soccer world.

Elite Clubs National League; Texas event

The ECNL continues to prove that it is the most competitive environment for female youth soccer in the world.  The national events are underway.  See JATO Media's presentation of last years Texas event.

This years Texas event was one game in until the winter weather blanketed the region forcing the cancelation of the event.  This is only the second time in the history of the league where the league was forced to cancel event, the first in Raleigh, NC in 2011.